A CHAMPION fundraiser has vowed to raise £400 to replace a paramedic's stolen medical bag.
As we revealed last week, the emergency response kit was stolen from an ambulance parked on Wilkinson Street, Ellesmere Port, while the crew were attending a patient.
The bag contained resuscitation equipment and medication worth £400.
Well-known fundraiser Billy Birch was so upset by the theft, he been given permission by the service to raise £400 to replace it.
He said: 'I was reading the story about the theft in last week's Pioneer and was absolutely disgusted.
'The people who stole the medical kit should be ashamed of themselves. What if they, or one of their relatives, needs help from paramedics one day?
'To do this to an emergency crew who are helping people is terrible. I and a lot of other people are shocked by this.'
Billy, who used to live in Ellesmere Port, added: 'I decided I wanted to help the ambulance service because they saved my life following a major accident in 1991.
'I received a phone call from the service on Thursday saying I can go ahead with raising the £400 for a new bag and have letters confirming this which I'm now sending out to local businesses.'
Billy has started the ball rolling with £90 which he had left over from a previous fundraising appeal for the Countess of Chester Hospital.
To contribute, call him on 0151 606 0806.
Gavin Bryce, clinical manager for Mersey Regional Ambulance Service, said the theft, which happened at 2.09am on Friday, January 28, was 'mindless'.
It left the paramedics without the necessary kit with which to answer 999 calls.
Mr Bryce urged witnesses or anyone with information to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or police on 01244 350222.